How Could a Pastor Commit Suicide?

Leadership and Ministry

We are hearing more and more about pastors committing suicide. How can that be? Aren’t pastors supposed to be extra-spiritual? Shouldn’t they be the last to consider suicide? It is heart-breaking to hear these stories. […]

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How Can Pastors Get Involved In the Community?

Leadership and Ministry

I love my church and spending time with the people in my congregation. They are great people and there is plenty of time I can spend with them. However, I also have a conviction that […]

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Important Tools for Pastors

Leadership and Ministry

When it comes to pastoring, some of the most popular resources are in the area of leadership and other practical ministry tools. But I would suggest that pastors, especially those just beginning their ministry, work […]

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Should Pastors Work With Pastors of Other Denominations?

Denominations

Some pastors feel more comfortable working with pastors of their own tradition/denomination. There is nothing wrong with this as these relationships are very important. I’m thankful for my colleagues within my denomination. At the same […]

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5 Questions Pastors Need to Ask

Leadership and Ministry

Pastors want to have the answers. But even more important is to have the right questions. These are not the only questions to ask, but they are a good place to start. What are you […]

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Pastors Poking Fun at Themselves

Pastors

I believe in including humour, both in the services and the sermons. If I’m going to poke fun at anyone, it would be at myself. Making fun of another person, whether a family member or […]

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Pastors and Counselling

Counselling

I have heard a number of pastors talk about how much time they spend doing counselling and it is significant. Do you want to know how much counselling I do? None. The reason for this […]

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How Pastors Can Use YouTube

YouTube

One of the most useful online tools for pastors is YouTube. Anyone can make a video, upload it and make it available to millions of viewers. With YouTube owned by Google, it is very easy […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Pray For Your Colleagues

Pastor

No one understands what it is like to be a pastor like another pastor. We know both the joys and pains of pastoral ministry. Who better to pray for other pastors than pastors? We may […]

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Pastors and Social Media

Social Media

Should pastors on social media. I know of pastors who take it as an item of pride that they have avoided the pressure to be one social media. While that is fine, I also think […]

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When Pastors Doubt

Doubt

I remember as a teenager listening to our minister say during the service that he had one time doubts about Christianity. It really shocked me. Pastors should be giants in the faith, never having a […]

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7 Things Pastors Need to Be Reminded Of

Pastors

Being a pastor of a church is a rewarding career. Most pastors are quite passionate about their ministry. But pastors need more than excitement to be successful long-term. Here are seven things that pastors need […]

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Pastors, Politicians, Actors and Sex Scandals

Pastors

We are living in a moment when many people are coming forward accusing famous individuals of sexual abuse and unwanted sexual advances. My intention is not to name names, to accuse or defend, or to […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Pastors

Leadership and Ministry

Although things have changed, there are still people who place pastors on pedestals. There is nothing wrong with respecting pastors. Pastors study a lot and work hard to help in the spiritual development of their […]

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7 Questions Pastors Need to Regularly Ask

Leadership and Ministry

I love being a pastor and I’m so thankful that the opportunity to return to pastoral ministry came after a three year break. I appreciate the work of my colleagues in ministry and I am […]

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Pastors: Shepherds or Entrepreneurs?

Leadership and Ministry

As a pastor, I’m very interested in discussing the role of my calling. If I don’t understand the role of the pastor, there is no way to know if I’m successful or not. I recently […]

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5 Apologetics Topics Pastors Can Preach On

Apologetics

I am both an apologist and a pastor. I do not see those as two different vocations, but rather two aspects of the same calling. I believe that it is important for pastors to integrate […]

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Pastors, Church Culture and Disabilities

Disabilities

What is the culture of your church when it comes to disabilities? Does your church eagerly embrace those with disabilities? Or is your church embarrassed by the sights and sounds and frustrated by the interruptions? […]

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3 Things Pastors Can Learn From Donald Trump

During this election season, I must confess that I’m thankful that I’m a Canadian. My thoughts and prayers are with my American brothers and sisters. In some ways I’m surprised that Donald Trump has made […]

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5 Reasons Why Pastors Should Care About Apologetics

Apologetics

As both a pastor and an apologist, I believe that there should be connections between both roles. I actually became an apologist because of a need that arose while being a pastor at a local […]

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4 Questions Pastors Need to Ask

Leadership and Ministry

The unfortunate reality is that not all pastors finish well. We hear about the pastors of megachurches who have moral failures but it happens in small churches all the time. The key is not to […]

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Who Moved My Pulpit?

One of my favourite podcasts is Rainer on Leadership and Thom Rainer’s blog posts that I share seem to get a lot of engagement. So I was looking forward to finally reading one of his […]

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A Plea for More Theological Pastors

Theological Pastors

What would be the reaction if you mentioned at a church function that you wanted to discuss theology? How many people would roll their eyes? I have often lamented the lack of interest in theology […]

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4 Things That Pastors Need to Remember About Their Congregation

Pastors

One of the biggest challenges for pastors is preparing one sermon for a congregation that is extremely diverse in their knowledge and experience. It is impossible to design a message that will touch everyone where […]

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Growing God’s Church – Review

Growing God's Church

All Christians should be interested in seeing the Church grow and people come to faith in Jesus. A helpful resource in this conversation is Growing God’s Church: How People Are Actually Coming to Faith Today […]

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How Can Pastors Equip Churches to Defend the Faith?

J. Warner Wallace provides some practical advice to pastors on how to help their churches to defend the Christian faith in this interview on the One-Minute Apologist.

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5 Things Pastors Need to Know About Autism

Disability and Faith

I have been contacted by a number of pastors lately about autism. I’m impressed with pastors who are proactive in seeking information. The truth is that it is important know something about autism before a […]

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Why Apologetics is Essential to Being a Pastor

Apologetics

I sometimes encounter resistance by pastors about the value of apologetics. I have also heard from laypeople who have had negative experiences talking to their pastors about apologetics. I would like to argue that not […]

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Should Pastors Have Friends Within Their Church?

Pastors

One of the questions that a new pastor has to wrestle with is the nature of relationships they will have within their congregation. Can you be friends with people in the congregation? With leaders/elders/deacons/board members? […]

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5 Reasons Pastors Should Consider Apologetics

Apologetics

One of the frustrations that apologists often express is the difficulty of getting the church to buy into the importance of apologetics. Unfortunately, this sometimes is influenced by the pastor’s negative view of apologetics. As […]

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What Does a Pastor Actually Do?

Leadership and Ministry

Pastors have it easy, they only work one day a week. Except the reality is that many pastors work seven days a week, even if they are not in the office. In this episode, I […]

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Devotions: 3 John

A devotion based on 3 John 1:3. John was not just a theologian, he was a pastor. As much as he liked to talk about God, he also was very interested in what was happening […]

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Preaching and Teaching

Leadership and Ministry

How should pastors respond to the low level of biblical illiteracy in churches? Should we aim for the lowest common denominator or should we attempt raise the bar? Is there a role for teaching? In […]

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5 Myths About Pastors

Pastors

I have respect for pastors, both as an ex-pastor and as someone who has been ministered to by some excellent pastors. Having said that, even when people respect pastors they may not understand pastors. I […]

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7 Reasons Why Pastors Should Consider Military Chaplaincy

Military Chaplaincy

One of the most rewarding parts of my life has been my role as a military chaplain (padre). I hear from pastors who are considering joining the army but are not sure if they should. I […]

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Churches, Pastors and the Disabled

Disability and Faith

When it comes to welcoming those with disabilities into a church, I come at it with two hats. One hat is as a father of two children with autism. The other hat is as one […]

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9 Things Pastors Would Like to Tell Their Congregation

Leadership and Ministry

I want to tell you a secret. Are you listening? Pastors are human. Thom Rainer shares some things that pastors would like to say. While not all pastors would agree to all nine, as a […]

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10 Pastors to Be Concerned About

Leadership and Ministry

This is not a list of names but rather ten types of pastors that we should be concerned about. You may be able to place names into each type. I appreciate this post by Scott […]

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10 Trends in Pastoral Employment

Leadership and Ministry

Gone are the days of a mid-size church with one solo pastor. Pastoral employment now has a number of permutations. What are the current trends? Thom Rainer shares what is happening in this interesting post.

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People-Pleasing Pastors

One of the most dangerous traps for pastors is that of people-pleasing. The problem is that it is so easy to fall into. It is natural for us to be popular and to avoid conflict. […]

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That Dreaded Question

Leadership and Ministry

There is one question that pastors hate more than any other when getting together at conferences or other functions. Yes, it is worse than, “So how much do you make?” The worst question is, “How […]

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The Friendless Pastor

Christian leaders often talk about the lonely pastor. This is more than a cliche, it is the truth. Friendships within the church are complicated and yet pastors spend most of their time with people in […]

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5 Frustrations of Pastoral Ministry (or Why Would Anyone Choose Pastoral Ministry?)

Leadership and Ministry

A guest post by Deane Proctor. This column risks coming off as some sort of pastoral pity-party but it’s really not meant to be. I’m very pleased and honored to have been called to serve […]

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7 Things an Associate Pastor Needs to Remember

Leadership and Ministry

In my ministry career, I was a youth pastor for five years and an associate pastor for two years. I then spent nine years as a solo pastor. There are a lot of challenges to […]

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Stronger Together

Leadership and Ministry

I came across this verse in my devotions. “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” (Proverbs 18:1 ESV) I immediately thought about ministry. The worst place to be […]

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What Kind of Pastor Am I?

Leadership and Ministry

As someone who has pastored for over a decade, I understand how easy it is lose your way. I don’t mean falling into sin, but forgetting why you do what you do. With all the […]

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What Kind of Pastors Do We Need?

Leadership and Ministry

We need good pastors in our churches. But what does a good pastor look like? A cardigan and a tie do not a good pastor make.  John Knight looks at this question and comes up […]

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Seven Warning Signs of Affairs for Pastors

One of the saddest things to hear are stories of pastors or other church staff who end up destroying their families and ministries with affairs. What is really sad is that this is preventable. Thom […]

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Ministry Reflection One

Ministry

This spring will be the tenth anniversary of my ordination.  Over the next couple of months, I am going to share ten reflections from my ministry experience. The first thing I want to share is […]

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